Wednesday, 2 May 2012

#98 Book Review: Gone, Gone, Gone

Gone, Gone, Gone
Release Date: May 1st 2012
Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy: Amazon & The Book Depository
More Info: Goodreads
Summary from Goodreads:
It's a year after 9/11. Sniper shootings throughout the D.C. area have everyone on edge and trying to make sense of these random acts of violence. Meanwhile, Craig and Lio are just trying to make sense of their lives. Craig’s crushing on quiet, distant Lio, and preoccupied with what it meant when Lio kissed him...and if he’ll do it again...and if kissing Lio will help him finally get over his ex-boyfriend, Cody.Lio feels most alive when he's with Craig. He forgets about his broken family, his dead brother, and the messed up world. But being with Craig means being vulnerable...and Lio will have to decide whether love is worth the risk.

This intense, romantic novel from the author of Break and Invincible Summer is a poignant look at what it is to feel needed, connected, and alive
My review:


I like how simple the cover is. It only shows a pair of shoes in the darkness yet the pair of shoes itself have so many meanings. 


2 boys. Hope. Loss. Love.

First of all, I did not notice that this book was a story of a developing romantic relationship between two boys before I read the book. I was a bit hesitant but when I read it, I was very amazed at how beautiful the writing was. It was lyrical and very enjoyable. The story is written from 2 POVs, Craig and Lio. I loved reading the relationship that blossomed between these two different boys and I really enjoyed reading the story of Gone, Gone, Gone, where life is still dangerous after the 9/11 tragedy. This book is about love, loss, hope. It's sad yet beautiful. Gone, Gone, Gone is absolutely well-written. 

I think the characters are the best part about Gone, Gone, Gone. Hannah voices her characters really well. I loved how different Craig and Lio was. Craig is still in love with Cody, his ex-boyfriend but starts to fall for Lio. Craig is tall and he might sound scary, but he loves animals. Craig is more like the 'good guy' while Lio is a bit of a 'bad boy'. He smokes, he dies his hair with different colours but he is also a sad character. He used to have cancer. I loved reading from both Craig's and Lio's POV. I also love how Craig's parents are very supportive of him. The characters are truly amazing.

Gone, Gone, Gone is a beautifully written book. Deep within this simple but meaningful cover is a story of a blossoming relationship between 2 boys amidst the dangers of Sniper Shootings a year after the 9/11 incident. With Hannah's talent of voicing her characters really well, Gone, Gone, Gone will take your breath away.
4 Forget-Me-Not flowers for Gone, Gone, Gone!
Thank you Simon & Schuster Australia for the review copy!


  1. Yay, I LOVE books that are written from two different POVs! I know that some people don't, but I just adore reading about what characters think of each other and vice versa, so I'm more intrigued about this than before since you mentioned that it's told that way! :) And the fact that it takes place after 9/11 = a million hearts!

    Amazing review, Celine! I've heard AWESOME things about Hannah Moskowitz, and I'm glad you think she's pretty amazing yourself! ;) <3

  2. This might be not the book for me, but I'm really glad that you enjoyed this book, Celine! It's amazing that the author choose to tackle this sensitive topic and still comes out with a great book! Some of my friends really enjoyed this book too, and if you think the writing is very beautiful, then I really need to check it out someday! :)

    Fantastic review, Celine! :)

  3. Yours is the first review I've read for this and I think I am SOLD. I love these kind of beautiful, heartbreaking and inspiring contemporary reads and it sounds like the author has pulled off the relationship and the tragic aftermath of 9/11 amazingly well. Fantastic review, Celine. Thanks for putting this on my radar!

  4. I actually started this a while back but never got to finish it! I got distracted by other books and was quite heart breaking :( But seeing as you enjoyed it I may have to give it another shot! Great review Celine :)

  5. I wasn't sure if this book was for me but now it sounds beautiful, lyrical and so poignant! I love that it's about a relationship between two boys who are total opposites of each other! Glad you enjoyed it, Celine. You make me want to read it! Amazing review :)

  6. Although I haven't read a book like this before, I definitely want to give this a chance! Nearly all the reviews I have seen so far have been positive. The writing sounds beautiful and it seems like this is a story that will leave an impression. Great review Celine! :)

  7. Oooh, wow, first review I've read for it, Celine, and it sounds amazing! Basically, what Brodie said: those brilliant, heartbreaking, bittersweet and beautiful contemps are amazing, and that it's the story about a relationship between two boys... wow. It's so nice hearing about something different to what we normally see in YA lit, too ♥

  8. This book was so incredibly simple, quiet and touching. I love that you loved it, Celine! I also agree about different voices, I think Moskowith did amazingly well.
    Fabulous review, love!

  9. I read a review about Gone, Gone, Gone a while ago and decided I HAD to read this. To be honest, I've never read a book of this kind (romance between two boys) but I'm very eager too. Seems so, so sweet :)
    Great review! <3

  10. Wow! I've never really read a book with a strong LGBT theme before, but I'm happy to hear that this one is touching and emotional. I'm not very fond of dark/heavy contemporaries, so I think I'll pass on this one, but I'm still very glad that you liked it, Celine! Absolutely awesome review! :)

  11. This sounds fantastic, Celine! I am hoping to read it soon and you just made me even more excited!


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